It's an exciting time on Main Street this week with the opening of Mast General Store. City officials and other Main Street business owners are optimistic that this could be the start of something big for Columbia's downtown development.
Over the past several decades, retail operators and business operations such SCANA have fled Main Street for the suburbs , but the opening of Mast General, a new Nickelodeon cinema, and several restaurants have begun to breathe new life into this destination. Hopes are high that Mast General will become the anchor store for future retail businesses and compliment the thriving lifestyle of the Vista.
As Mayor Steve Benjamin put it, "If you are going to have a great city, you have to have a great urban core and we have the makings of that here on Main Street"
Perhaps we are witnessing just the beginning of a beautiful new era of shopping, dining , arts and entertainment right here in downtown Columbia. Get out and enjoy it!